Cornerback Depth Thin For Virginia Tech This Spring

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Armani Chatman, Virginia Tech
Armani Chatman could miss spring practice for Virginia Tech. (Ivan Morozov)

Most scouts, coaches, and fans would consider Caleb Farley to be Virginia Tech’s best football player, and the numbers certainly back it up.  We’ve run Farley’s Pro Football Focus numbers all year, so I won’t rehash them, but I will point out that recently PFF named Farley as the No. 67 player in all of college football, across all positions.

That’s impressive, and it’s even more impressive after some simple math.  Let’s say for the sake of argument that FBS teams on average have 80 scholarship players (it’s rare that a team is right at the 85-man limit thanks to unexpected attrition).  There are 130 FBS teams.  130 times 80 is 10,400.  Being ranked No. 67 out of 10,400 is pretty good, last I checked.  That puts him in the top 0.6 percent in college football.

One of the silliest things I saw any team do this past season was when UNC targeted Farley eight times.  Remember, he played less than half of that game because of a concussion.  Considering that game went to six overtimes, he was on pace to be targeted over 20 times over the course of the entire game.  The Tar Heels completed exactly one of those eight passes for

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